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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 2-8-20 

Pope Francis invites us to join the Season of Creation 1st Sept to 4th Oct https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbK5l8OcjJg&fbclid=IwAR2oExhKzp5hu-6-06ElCMbIK2qN5MC4xIM1hu9aDSuoOM1BlbbIbpTBbrY  The Justice & Peace Group will keep everyone informed during the next few weeks, watch this space.

LiveSimply Tip of the Week People are planting tiny urban forests to boost biodiversity and fight climate change see video https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/358698271782485 The idea is simple – take brownfield sites, plant them densely with a wide variety of native seedlings, and let them grow with minimal intervention. The result, according to the method’s proponents, is complex ecosystems perfectly suited to local conditions that improve biodiversity, grow quickly and absorb more CO2. They generate 100 times more biodiversity Read more: https://bit.ly/31EkqWQ

Fr Silvester An update from Fr Silvester who the parish have supported with collections of shoes & medical supplies “We have not had any deaths as yet but we do not know what is going to happen because there is very little testing going on and the lock down is still on as well. The lock down has now become the main problem as families are finding it harder to feed themselves kids are also missing out a lot on schooling”.

 CAFOD’s Coronavirus Petition – currently has 6,000 signatures which is higher online than any CAFOD petition before.  Please encourage parishioner’s family & friends to sign as numbers are much lower than when paper petitions are able to be used.  Please share the new short Coronavirus video which also has a space at the end to sign  https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns

 

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 26-7-20

Fr Silvester An update from Fr Silvester who the parish have supported with collections of shoes & medical supplies “We have not had any deaths as yet but we do not know what is going to happen because there is very little testing going on and the lock down is still on as well. The lock down has now become the main problem as families are finding it harder to feed themselves kids are also missing out a lot on schooling”.

 

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Petition – currently has 6,000 signatures which is higher online than any CAFOD petition before.  Please encourage parishioner’s family & friends to sign as numbers are much lower than when paper petitions are able to be used.  Please share the new short Coronavirus video which also has a space at the end to sign  https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns

 

Live Simply Tip of the Week – Ferring & Worthing Environment Matters.  Local environment groups have a series of shows each week on Radio Ferring.  To hear the latest plus all the back issues go to https://www.mixcloud.com/FerringRadio/

 

Hello from the Living Pearl. The following message is from one of the new parish projects we’re supporting (the other one being Aid to the Church in Need)   A quick update, 3 boys have finished college and are venturing out into the world, 2 have been adopted into families but as fast as they leave us new orphans arrive! 2 boys 11 and 14yrs, have been brought to us from the mountains, a convent have been feeding and clothing these boys for a while hoping their home life would get better but to no avail. We are also expecting another boy 7 yrs old from a known city that has high drug and alcohol addiction. . His father has died and his mother is a drug addict. We have had 8 boys from that city alone and its not that big. The quarantine has again been extended till the end of July. We continue to work in our fields. We have a great potato crop this year. Our orchard is in blossom, cherries, raspberries and various other fruits are ripe or ripening. The boys are doing a good job of eating them as soon as they are ripe. We are all healthy and happy thank God! We pray for all the parishioners of St Mary’s of the Angels and hope that this pandemic not only ends soon but that we learn from it and grow.  God Bless from all the boys and staff!
David S. C. Lock

 

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 19-7-20 

Worthing For Refugees who we supported as Parish Project for the last 2 years sent the following request.  We have had a steady trickle of requests from our refugee families over the last few months for items that are beyond their means financially.  The list below includes items to replace worn out appliances, or things that would help them in the home.  If you are able to help, please email gay.jacklin@maybridge.org.uk with a photo.

  • freezer
  • fridge
  • fridge freezer (may need 2)
  • wet vacuum cleaner
  • small TV
  • sewing machine

If you would like to help, but don’t have any of the items, please consider a donation and we will seek to source second hand goods for the families.

 

Live Simply Tip of the Week – Treat your greens Save water with every meal by washing your vegetables in a bowl, instead of under a running tap. Then keep your houseplants happy by giving them a drink with the discarded water. Provided by Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk

 

CAFOD We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.  Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.  https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

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Disasters Emergency Committee

When major disasters hit countries without capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently, enabling individual charities to rapidly scale up their operations on the ground.
The DEC consists of 14 member agencies who are experts in humanitarian aid, delivering efficient disaster responses to those affected, the priority being to  deliver aid and support as quickly and efficiently as possible.
CAFOD is a member of DEC so you can support their work by donating through them at; https://www.dec.org.uk/

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 12-7-20

 

Parish Project – Over the last 2 years we supported Worthing for Refugees & usually after this period of time we look for a new project.  From now on we will be supporting two projects “Living Pearl” – an orphanage for boys in the Ukraine plus a project run by Aid to the Church in Need supporting vulnerable people in Syria. The money tithed from the collection will be divided equally at £50 each project per week.  More information will be given about these projects over the coming weeks

KITKAT many peoples Favourite Snack In this item last week it was announced Nestle have announced KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade.  Some breaking news, earlier this week The Change who organised the petition got an email, out of the blue, from Nestle, offering to meet with me to discuss the petition! Thanks so much to anyone who’s signed this petition – it was in last week’s newsletter – for standing with the farmers who risk losing out.  Petitions do work!

Live Simply Tip of the Week – Buy Ethically Buy things that align with your values and support people you value (local traders, fair-trade social enterprises, up and coming artisans) and you’ll use your purchasing power for good.

G20 Finance Meeting on 18th/19th July. £568 million of aid money has been used to fund fossil fuel infrastructure overseas since the government signed up to the Paris Agreement.  Combined with other sources of UK funding, the total figure is nearly £4 billion. You can read the full briefing here   https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/resources/decarbonising-aid-why-uk-must-end-its-overseas-fossil-fuel-financing-cop26  plus the following article in the Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2020/jun/17/uk-funding-fossil-fuels-overseas   This shouldn’t be happening.  Please email the Prime Minister about this matter & ask him to end all UK public finance for fossil fuels overseas shifting instead to renewable, efficient energy and energy access for poor communities. Email address for PM is https://email.number10.gov.uk/ please also send a copy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ceu.enquiries@hmtreasury.gov.uk

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individual at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

 

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 5th July

Parish Project – Over the last 2 years we supported Worthing for Refugees & usually after this period of time we look for a new project. From now on we will be supporting two projects “Living Pearl” – an orphanage for boys in the Ukraine plus a project run by Aid to the Church in Need supporting vulnerable people in Syria. The money tithed from the collection will be divided equally at £50 each project per week. More information will be given about these projects over the coming weeks

KITKAT many peoples Favourite Snack Nestle have announced KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade. From October they will stop buying from cocoa and sugar farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji and Malawi on Fairtrade terms. That means ripping away around £2 million of annual Fairtrade Premium payments, in the middle of a huge health and economic crisis. Farmers will be getting less for their hard work and have less control over how they spend their money. This can’t be right, especially when Nestle turned a profit of over $10 billion last year. We are a Fairtrade Church, please sign the petition & tell Nestle’s CEO that we want KitKat to stay Fairtrade. Go to https://www.change.org/p/ulf-mark-schneider-nestle-global-ceo-keep-kitkat-fairtrade

Live Simply Tip of the Week – Zero Waste Home Buy second-hand clothing. Support the town’s charity shop’s for some great bargains. Some of them are also looking for volunteer’s as they prepare to re-open for business http://www.zerowastehome.com/about/tips/
G20 Finance Meeting on 18th/19th July. £568 million of aid money has been used to fund fossil fuel infrastructure overseas since the government signed up to the Paris Agreement. Combined with other sources of UK funding, the total figure is nearly £4 billion. You can read the full briefing here https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/resources/decarbonising-aid-why-uk-must-end-its-overseas-fossil-fuel-financing-cop26 plus the following article in the Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2020/jun/17/uk-funding-fossil-fuels-overseas This shouldn’t be happening. Please email the Prime Minister about this matter & ask him to end all UK public finance for fossil fuels overseas shifting instead to renewable, efficient energy and energy access for poor communities. Email address for PM is https://email.number10.gov.uk/ please also send a copy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ceu.enquiries@hmtreasury.gov.uk

CAFOD Online Events. There’s some excellent talks about CAFOD’s work around the world, to listen to recordings go to https://www.gotostage.com/channel/66fbdaf62d7f4c6a911bede6389f7d2f

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 28th June

KITKAT many peoples Favourite Snack Nestle have announced KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade. From October they will stop buying from cocoa and sugar farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji and Malawi on Fairtrade terms. That means ripping away around £2 million of annual Fairtrade Premium payments, in the middle of a huge health and economic crisis. Farmers will be getting less for their hard work and have less control over how they spend their money.  This can’t be right, especially when Nestle turned a profit of over $10 billion last year. We are a Fairtrade Church, please tell Nestle’s CEO that we want KitKat to stay Fairtrade. Go to https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/63096/subscribe/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=++&utm_content=SC:+Nestle+KitKat+M&ea.url.id=4778870&forwarded=true

 

SIMPLY Tip of the Week –Treat your greens. Save water with every meal by washing your vegetables in a bowl, instead of under a running tap. Then keep your houseplants happy by giving them a drink with the discarded water. Provided by Friends of the Earth  http://www.foe.co.uk

 

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individual at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

CAFOD Online Events.  There’s some excellent talks about CAFOD’s work around the world, to listen to recordings go to https://www.gotostage.com/channel/66fbdaf62d7f4c6a911bede6389f7d2f

 

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Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 21st June

 

Pope Francis is among those taking part in a series of radio programmes on how to “rethink the world” after the pandemic.  The Pope challenges “hypocritical” political leaders to wake up to inequality in his talk. The first one is this Mon 22nd June at 9am on Radio 4

SIMPLY Tip of the Week Keep stems for solitary bees.  If you’re doing a spot of gardening, don’t be tempted to tidy too much. Hollow plant stems & soft rotten wood provide a welcome home for some of our solitary bees and other pollinating insects such as lacewings and beetles. Provided by Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individual at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

CAFOD Online Events.  There’s some excellent talks about CAFOD’s work around the world, to listen to recordings go to

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/66fbdaf62d7f4c6a911bede6389f7d2f

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Newsletter Items from the Justice & Peace Group week commencing 14th June

Newsletter Items from the Justice & Peace Group week commencing 14th June

 Refugee Week (June 15-21) https://www.jrsuk.net/hardshipfund
JRS UK are thinking about the fast-approaching Refugee Week in June. Ordinarily Refugee Week (June 15-21) would be full of activity, events, advocacy and shows of solidarity alongside our refugee friends. This year, it will inevitably be different, but we will celebrate it all the same. More than any other year we need to be loud about our support for refugees, so that they are reminded of their worth and dignity, and influence change in public and government perceptions.

This week you can read how JRS UK are hoping to grow our work to ensure that our refugee friends are accompanied now, but also the time beyond the coronavirus.
As always they thank everyone for support and prayers for their work

Donate your Sunday roast to help refugees

 

The coronavirus lockdown has halted much of our recreational shopping, travel, gift-giving, coffee purchases, transport costs and restaurant dining. Meanwhile, the situation for our refugee friends is an emergency. Many of them would go hungry, homeless, lonely and unaccounted for if it wasn’t for the generosity of supporters. Could you donate what you have saved over these last few weeks in coffees, your commuting costs or your Sunday roast?

 

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CAFOD We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.  https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

 

Become a CAFOD Climate Champion: Unique opportunity for young adults aged 18-35  Exciting opportunity for climate action   Tackling the climate crisis, living more sustainable and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith. 

This year-long volunteer opportunity for people aged 18-35 will enable you to gain new skills, meet others interested in tackling climate change and play your part in creating a better world.We need people like you to speak out for change! For further information https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Climate-Champions

 

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week East less red meat & replace with a plant-based meal at least twice a week, if everyone did this it would save the county 16% carbon

 

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